Thrifty Cooking: Pearl Barley, Lentil, Green Bean and Potato Salad
One of my favourite things when cooking is finding new and interesting ways to use up any leftovers. It's a great way of avoiding waste, stretching your food budget, and discovering new recipes. Recently I had some leftover pearl barley which had been used as an accompaniment to a chicken casserole, and I wanted to use it up the following day.
I went online and found this great recipe for a pearl barley salad. Although I didn't quite have all the ingredients, I was able to make a couple of substitutions and produce a really delicious dish. I'm presenting this to you less as a recipe (though by all means you can copy exactly what I did here if you wish!) and more as an example of how you can make a lovely dish out of leftovers and cupboard staples. I suggest you read the original recipe if you want to make your own, as I didn't really measure any quantities - I just threw in whatever I had. Also, my ramblings below might make a little more sense if you do!